First Day — Nov 17, 2017
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)
MUNICIPAL COURT CLOSURE
Artesia Municipal Court will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 22-23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular office hours will resume Monday, Nov. 27.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Faith Baptist Church is the Artesia drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child boxes this year. Boxes may be dropped off in the lobby off 20th Street from 3-6 p.m. today; 9-11 a.m. Saturday; and 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday. All boxes must be in by Sunday, Nov. 19, as they must be in Roswell by Monday, Nov. 20. For more information, contact Penny at 748-5030.
Kelly Cable of New Mexico will be placing fiber-optic cable near the intersection of East Mill Road and Sivley Avenue beginning today and ending Thursday, Nov. 23.
Trinity Temple Assembly of God will hold its 26th Annual Love Feast from 5-6:30 p.m. today at the Artesia Center. For shut-in deliveries, call 748-3389 before 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.
STUDENT FINE ARTS SHOWCASE
A Student Fine Arts Showcase will be held Saturday, Nov. 18. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the 510 Building, 510 W. Main St., showcasing photography by Park Junior High students of Jennifer Duff and works by Ocotillo Performing Arts Center art students. At 6:30 p.m., performances by the OPAC’s music and theatre students will be given at the OPAC, featuring guitar, drums, piano, choir, and a production of “Tom Sawyer” by theatre students. Tickets to that show are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and may be purchased online at http://www.artesiaartscouncil.com or by calling the OPAC box office at 746-4212.
Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Fenn’s Country Market. Cost is $10 per vehicle.
FAITH BAPTIST OPEN HOUSE
Faith Baptist Church will hold an open house from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and a grand opening for its new facility at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at the church, corner of 20th Street and Grand Avenue.
A Bazaar at The BARN, No. 1 Cottonwood Road adjacent Cottonwood Wine & Brewing, will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Thirty vendors will be on hand for holiday shopping; food will also be available.
The Sixth-Man Club will hold its first meeting of the season at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at Bulldog Pit. All men wishing to support Bulldog basketball are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Matt Brewer at 703-7431.
TEEN NOVEL WORKSHOPS
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to come work on their NaNoWriMo novels, share ideas, discuss progress, work through writer’s block, and enjoy snacks during Teen Novel Workshops from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Artesia Public Library. For more information, contact Jessica Paschal, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.
COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE
The Eddy County offices will be closed for a half-day Tuesday and all day Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 21-23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
MAGISTRATE COURT CLOSURE
Artesia Magistrate Court will be closed a half-day Wednesday and all day Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Artesia Public Library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25.
TEEN ANIME CLUB
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to watch anime, eat snacks, and learn about Japanese culture from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Artesia Public Library. For more information, contact Jessica Paschal, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.
HONORING ARTESIA’S VETERANS
“Honoring Artesia’s Veterans,” an exhibit commemorating Artesians’ military service through the years, is now open at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 25. For more information, call 748-2390.
LIGHT UP ARTESIA
Light Up Artesia will be held from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in the downtown district. The Xcel Energy Parade of Lights will begin at 6 p.m. To register for the parade, call Artesia MainStreet at 746-1117.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is underway. Writers wishing to participate may contact Jo Nickerson-Harper, adult services librarian, at 746-4252. A word count chart will be kept at the Artesia Public Library, and the first three adults and three teens reaching the 50,000-word mark will qualify to receive a bound copy of their novel from lulu.com.
PACKS OF LOVE
Packs of Love is seeking donations for their 2017 annual Thanksgiving Food Boxes. Groceries will be ordered by Packs of Love. All it takes to “adopt” an entire family is a $20 donation. Packs of Love is a 501(c)(3) through the Greater Artesia Foundation. Make checks payable to Packs of Love and mail to: Packs of Love, P.O. Box 1824, Artesia, N.M., 88211-1824. For more information, contact SuAnn Greenwood at 703-8130.
ON THE MOVE RAFFLE
On the Move will be selling raffle tickets each Monday and Thursday evening at Fenn’s Country Market, or they can be purchased at the Outreach Center, 515 W. Centre Ave., or from any board member. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5; prizes include gift certificates from several local merchants, including La Fonda, Adobe Rose, Simply Bello, Piccolino’s, Martha’s, and more. Drawing will be held Nov. 30 at Light Up Artesia. Proceeds will benefit those in need. For more information, call 365-5505.
First Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites the public to participate in its newly-forming choir. Rehearsals will be held at 7 p.m. each Monday at the church, 402 W. Grand Ave., until the Christmas performance, set for Dec. 10. For more information, contact Jim Wissman at 499-8946.
Zia Intermediate School is holding a fundraiser to benefit the students. Discount cards for 18 businesses are available for $20 each ($10 will go to the PTO). To purchase a card call, the Zia office at 746-2766.
BASKETBALL BOOSTER RAFFLE
The Bulldog and Lady Bulldog Basketball Boosters are conducting their Fourth Annual Car Raffle. Grand prize is a 2017 Ford Escape S; five others will win $100 each. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold at $20 each. Drawing will be held during Pack the Pit Feb. 16, 2018. See any basketball parent for tickets. For more information, contact Candida Gonzales at 719-306-5167.
A free English as a second language class will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 2519 W. Hermosa Drive. For more information, call 308-4700.
HEAD START ENROLLMENT
SNMCAC Head Start is still accepting enrollment for the 2017-18 program year. Services for children with disabilities are available. Children must have turned 3 or 4 prior to Sept. 1, 2017. Children turning 5 before Sept. 1 are not eligible. For enrollment information, call 748-1141.
All interested parents and fans of Artesia High School football are invited to the weekly Football Booster Club meetings, to be held at 5:30 p.m. each Monday at the APS Administration Building. Attendees are asked to park on the south side and enter the south doors. For more information, contact Missy Williams at 308-1120.
The Artesia Quarterback Club meets at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the LG Henderson Field House at Bulldog Bowl. All men are welcome to come support the football program.
PACKS OF LOVE
Benefactors are being sought to sponsor local students involved in the Packs of Love project. Packs of Love sends backpacks filled with food home over the weekends and school holidays with children who may not otherwise have access to nutritious meals outside of school. A $20 donation covers the cost of food for one student for one month. Donations may be mailed to Packs of Love, P.O. Box 1824, Artesia, N.M., 88211-1824.
Divorce Care classes for those needing guidance, encouragement or emotional support after or while going through a divorce will be held from 7-8 p.m. each Wednesday in the Trinity Temple Assembly of God Fireside Room. For more information, contact Minnie at 513-2548.
ON THE MOVE
On the Move has an abundance of free clothing; those in need are welcome to visit the outreach center, 515 W. Centre ave. Household goods are also available. Hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center is seeking volunteers/docents to help with tasks such as watching over the gallery, answering phones, taking messages, straightening up, etc. Volunteers can receive discounts on tickets, workshops, classes, etc. For more information, contact Laurie at the OPAC, 746-4212 or [email protected].
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a weight-loss group that meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the Senior Center. The group offers lessons on good nutrition and losing weight. Need not be a Senior Center member to attend. For more information, call 736-0250.
The Artesia Literacy Council is now offering early-evening classes from 4-6 p.m. and day classes from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Thursday. Each student will meet with a tutor at a time agreed upon by both. Classes include Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, and GED and citizenship exam preparation. For more information, call 748-9740.
The Artesia Literacy Council is in need of volunteer tutors. Training is provided free of charge. Only one hour two days a week is required to make a difference in the lives of others. Basic Literacy helps adults learn to read; English as a Second Language helps non-native speakers learn to speak, read and write the language; and GED and citizenship exam preparation helps prepare students for those tests. To volunteer or for more information, call 748-9740.
A support group is being formed for families of children with autism. For more information, contact Jessica at 420-1391 or Eric at 420-0059.
HOUSING AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE
The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation invites residents to stop by and see if they qualify for rental/mortgage or utility assistance at 1313 Gilchrist Ave. For more information, call 746-6712.
Adult yoga classes for all skill levels are held from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays and Kids’ Yoga from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturdays at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $10 for a drop-in class or $80 for a 10-class package. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.
STAINED GLASS CLASSES
Openings are now available for adults wishing to learn the art of stained glass. Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Felipe at 308-9112.
SHOES FOR PETS
New Mexico’s only no-kill animal shelter, Animal Village of Alamogordo, is asking Artesians to donate gently-worn used and new shoes as a fundraiser to help support the shelter as well as individuals in developing nations. Call 308-3486 for shoe pickup or drop off at the Artesia Daily Press, 503 W. Main St.
AGH THRIFT SHOP
The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The store is located at 611 N. First St. $7 bag sales (13-gallon bags) are held each Wednesday and Saturday. Donations can be dropped off during business hours.
Artesia General Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group from 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in the AGH Senior Care Unit dining room (enter via AGH Human Resources entrance off of 13th Street; ring bell of Senior Care Unit for admission). Refreshments are served. Families dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or those wishing to learn more about the diseases, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 736-8175.
PLACED BY GRACE
A Placed by Grace adoption ministry meets at 3:30 p.m. the first and third Sunday of every month in the Harvest Fellowship Sanctuary, 404 W. Richey Ave. Anyone who has been part of an adoption is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harvest Fellowship at 746-6195.
Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Hermosa Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 513-2709 or 308-9273.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and disabled. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.
KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE
The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.
Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets the first and third Thursdays of each month. MOPS is open to mothers with children ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided. For more information, visit Artesia MOPS on Facebook.
The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 312 W. Kemp Ave. Rides are available. For more information, call David any time, day or night, at 602-9210.
A women’s AA group meets from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 505 W. Richey Ave. For more information, call 748-5412.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4-5 p.m. Sundays at 505 W. Richey Ave.
The We are Not Saints group meets from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 809 S. 10th St.